The 14th annual Rogue Festival got off to a rousing start last night with the annual Teaser Show, which proved that 1) performers have weird and wonderful interior lives that most of us can’t even imagine; and 2) there’s nothing quite like the crowd-sourcing power of an accelerating group clap to enforce a 2-minute performance time limit.
Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss and I had a great time making another Rogue video like last year. We did not get the diaper shot, but we’re glad about that:
In the coming days of the festival we’ll be offering Rogue Roundups that include our observations, mini-reviews, news updates and more. If there’s something you want to sound off about, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see about getting it posted. We especially want to hear the buzz: What shows are trending hot?
In the meantime, here’s some news for the first weekend of the festival:
• Chicago Improv Theater performances are canceled. The group got stuck in Chicago because of the weather.
• Jaguar Bennett’s “How to Be Wicked” will fill in the slots for Chicago Improv Theater at Spectrum Gallery, adding two shows to his list: Saturday at 9:15- 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15-9 p.m., both at Spectrum Gallery.
• Howard Petrick’s show “Bloody Friday” is canceled for the weekend due to illness. We’ll keep you posted regarding second weekend shows.
Our Rogue staff insider reports that crowd favorites at the Teaser Show included:
• Jill Vice with “Tipped & Tipsy”, a ballsy, honest and humorous take on bar life, Vice took the mic to the front of stage to candidly connect with audiences. Her show is a Best of Fest from the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
• Beth Megill of Megill & Company (“Sleep Cycles Dream State”) charmed audiences with a sampler dance routine that was both whimsical and accessible.
• The Haydell Sisters (“The Famous Haydell Sisters Comback Tour”) delivered sharply drawn characters, comedic timing, and musical chops in under two-minutes to much applause.
• Kurt Fitzpatrick, decked out in a white suit and checked shirt, deconstructed Forrest Gump’s “Box of Chocolates” truism for some of the biggest laughs of the night for his show “Best Picture”.
• Jaguar Bennett receives the “Sharpest and Shortest Teaser” award with his “How to be Wicked” coming in at just under 1 minute.
Find a theme
Our Rogue insider — heck, we’ll just tell you who it is: Heather Parish — notices that the sounds of Americana/Alt-Country/Folk music is a running theme in this year’s festival with acts like Ryan Adam Wells, Lark, The Murray Girls, The Excursions, Charles Tenney, Laurel Canyon, Highway 41 and Whiskey & Women all running shows during Rogue.
More from Heather: Use roguefestival.ticketleap.com to search shows by title or use the filters option to select venue or type of show. If you want to filter to see just music shows or comedy or dance (etc.), you can do that there!